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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Jones ... Helena
Pauline Collins ... Cristal
Anthony Hopkins ... Alfie
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison Kelly Harrison ... Personal Trainer
Naomi Watts ... Sally
Josh Brolin ... Roy
Freida Pinto ... Dia
Eleanor Gecks Eleanor Gecks ... Rollerblading Friend
Antonio Banderas ... Greg
Fenella Woolgar ... Jane
Ewen Bremner ... Henry Strangler
Christian McKay ... Poker Friend
Philip Glenister ... Poker Friend
Jonathan Ryland ... Poker Friend
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Storyline

Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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English | Italian

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Woody Allen London Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,103, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,247,816, 6 February 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (3-track)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman was cast in the lead role, but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When Ray (Theo James) is massaging Charmaine's legs, his hands keep on changing position from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Sally: Actress, my foot! The only acting she's ever done is faking an orgasm.
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Connections

Referenced in Edición Especial Coleccionista: Hook (2010) See more »

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My Sin
Written by Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva) and Ray Henderson
Performed by Tom Sharpsteen and His Orlandos
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sometimes the fans lose perspective
24 October 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

I realize that his many fans feel Allen can do no wrong but this film stands as a mute rebuttal to that point of view.

The low rating reflects not necessarily the production values (which are almost perfect even though the film is horrid) but the blow to "media ecology" that the planet must endure when an artiste WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER wastes talent like it grew on trees.

The "magic" here is that somehow Allen coaxed some of the best actors on the planet to give one of the worst performances of their lives.

Don't know where to start. Brolin, he of the broad facial testosterone markers, plays a simpering wimp. Watts, who almost never looks lost in a role, acts like she would rather be somewhere else. Hopkins and Bandiaras are playing variants of role they have played many times before, which suggests that, if nothing else, you are better off watching those performances, not these.

And the trademark Allen voice-over, an egoistic affectation if ever there was, serves the same role as the Surgeon General's warning on a pack of cigarettes.


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